100 years ago
Sheriff locates still at same spot was in previous raid
Moonshiners whose mash was destroyed several days ago by Sheriff S.E. Roberts and Deputy George Stokoe near the Jefferson county line, evidently believed that lightning does not strike twice in the same place, for they unconcernedly set up their still at the same identical spot, only to have it confiscated Sunday by the same officers.
A still of 100 gallons capacity was found, with 600 gallons of prune mash beside it, ready for distillation. The still and mash were discovered just at dusk. The mash was emptied and the still brought to Bend. Interested crowds inspected it in front of the court house that evening.
Foundation is laid for tennis court
The foundation for the asphalt tennis court which the Warren Construction Co. is giving to the city of Bend was being completed today, and the asphalt court will be laid within a few days. The foundation was prepared at City expense, the Warren company donating the surfacing. The court is located toward the south end of the city park, a short distance from the river.
Dedication of gym to be made tonight
Terrebonne’s new school gymnasium, recently completed, will be formally dedicated this evening, according to an announcement made by J. Alton Thompson, county superintendent of schools, who will deliver the dedicatory address. The gymnasium has been built by the school district.
The new gymnasium will be used by the school children in playing basketball and other indoor games. The old gymnasium has been torn down. Since Terrebonne has a branch of the Redmond union high school district, it is probable that the Terrebonne school will use the new basketball court in developing a team which will meet other teams of the county. The gymnasium is nearly as large as the school gymnasium in Redmond.
Concerts by radio enjoyed on desert
Having finished building an aerial 60 feet high, W. A. Rahn, Millican storekeeper and postmaster, is getting radio concerts from many distant points, including New York City, Atlanta, Ga., Poughkeppsie, N.Y, and Cleveland, neighbors reported in Bend today.
Rahn’s set is ideally situated, there being no interfering electrical appliances in his vicinity, and static being minimized by the dryness of the atmosphere in his locality.
75 years agoFor the week ending
Drug store fire damage $25,000
Dahl’s drugstore was gutted yesterday by a fire that threatened an entire block of the downtown section before it was brought under control. Estimated loss in the blaze is $25,000, including the stock of the state liquor store, which is operated by Ray Dahl, owner of the drugstore.
The fire was believed to have been caused by a defective oil heater. It was discovered at noon by a passerby, who turned in the alarm. The volunteer fire department went into action and brought the blaze under control in spite of a wind estimated at 35 miles an hour.
The brick building housing the drugstore is owned by E.C. Parker, who operated the store for many years before selling the business to Dahl.
Wickiup work nearing finish
Work that started 10 years ago on the dam at Wickiup reservoir is now nearing completion, according to J.W. Taylor, Deschutes project construction engineer. Present expectations are that the remaining fill-in and rip-rap work will be finished by January, weather permitting.
The two and three-quarter mile earth and rock dam has a history proportionately long. Government C.C.C. forces began work on the project in 1938, and continued until early in this country’s first year in World War II. During the war, conscientious objectors were put on the job, and by the time the war was over and those crews were removed, the dam was completed to within about six feet of the top.
Hired labor, working to the end of the construction season last spring, raised the total height of the dam another three feet, bringing it to within three feet of the specified height. At the end of the construction season last year it was decided to open contract bidding for completion of the project, and the contract was let to Adler Construction company of Madras.
New highway bridge across Crooked River is dedicated
PRINEVILLE — The new concrete span over Crooked river, at the western city limits of Prineville, was dedicated yesterday afternoon, with state highway department officials taking part in the short program. Marking the formal opening of the bridge, Sheila Ann McCann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward McCann, Prineville, cut a green ribbon that had been stretched across the east end of the span, while traffic was temporarily halted.
Sheila, chilled by a biting November wind and apparently a bit awed by the crowd, reluctantly participated, but finally brushed tears away long enough to cut the stand, as camera flashlights illuminated the scene.
Holding the ribbon were W. E. Chandler, state highway department division engineer, and W.M. Moore, resident bridge engineer, both from the Bend highway office.
New Bend police chief named
Henry A. Casiday, Lake county sheriff for the past eight years, will become chief of police in Bend about December 1, W.P. Drost, city manager, announced today. Appointment by Drost of the new police chief took place following an interview of Bend city commissioners with Casiday last night. They recommended that the appointment be made.
Casiday is a veteran of the first world war, having served in the air corps, and has been active in American Legion work in Lakeview. Following his graduation from Monmouth normal school he taught in several Oregon schools before moving to Lakeview, to accept a position as grade school principal. He was later engaged in the mercantile business before his election as sheriff eight years ago.
50 years agoFor the week ending
SALEM — Oregon Gov. Tom McCall recommended today that the maximum speed on the state’s highways be set at 55 miles per hour.
At a news conference, McCall said he was making the recommendation to the Oregon Transportation Commission because traffic hazards now are apparent on the freeways in the state.
“Motorists now are driving at widely varying speeds,” McCall said because of President Nixon’s request last week that speeds be limited to 50 mph.
Nixon’s request and an earlier directive by McCall that state vehicles be driven at 55 mph were prompted by the shortage of fuel facing the nation as part of the energy crisis. Commenting on the difference of five miles per hour between Nixon’s request and McCall’s recommendation, the governor said, “I have been persuaded by operators of trucks and buses, and by the public at large, to support a limit of 55 mph.” McCall said 50 mph was too slow psychologically.
Oregon’s designated speed on highways already is 55 mph unless otherwise posted. Speed limits on freeways in the state range up to 70 mph.
”By covering, replacing or removing these signs, the statutory designation of 55 mph would be brought into play,” McCall said.
”It is my conclusion that those driving beyond 55 are the hazard, not those who are driving under 55 to voluntarily meet the energy crisis.”
25 years agoFor the week ending
Bend Tektronix is closing down
Tektronix will close its 97-employee Bend manufacturing plant and move production to the Beaverton area by the end of March, the company told workers this morning. Heather Wyse, corporate public relations manager, said roughly half of the Bend factory’s employees will be offered jobs in Beaverton. The rest will be laid off. Workers were notified at 10 a.m. It’s unknown how many will accept positions in Beaverton.
”We’re not doing this because of a reduction of business in Bend,” said Dan Terpack, president of Tektronix’s Measurement Business Division. “They are part of the Tektronix organization, and the whole Tektronix organization is experiencing difficult market conditions … We have to look at every opportunity for cost savings. We can’t afford redundancy in infrastructure.”
Wyse said moving the Bend plant is part of the previously announced work force reduction.
The closure strikes a blow to Bend’s economy — perhaps the most direct hit this region has suffered from the Asian economic crisis. It also hurts the high-profile Old Mill District at River Bend project. Developers built a 42,000-square-foot building for Tektronix Communication Network Analysis division last year, luring the factory from Redmond. The high-tech plant served as a marque name in the 270-acre development.
Bill Smith, managing partner in the Old Mill District, was unaware of the planned closure early this morning.
Tektronix made fiber optic and coaxial cable testing equipment in Bend. Smith said despite the Asian crisis, he had been told that the CNA division was meeting its sales goals. Overall, the company reported a $4.7 million loss, or nine cents a share, for the quarter. The loss stood in sharp contrast to earnings of $26.7 million, or 52 cents per share, reported for the same quarter last year.